The Bridgestone Europe headquarters in Zaventem.
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Bridgestone in Europe! Building on Continued Success

As I am sure all MTD readers can appreciate, Europe is currently in the grip of a number of significant business trading changes including a fluctuating economy and the very real prospect of the UK market eventually leaving the European Union.

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Cost Pressures Will Likely Continue to Build

According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires declined in March. Indeed, from a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.8% fewer tires in March relative to the previous year’s period. The decline marks the third straight month of poor results versus the prior year’s period. However, on more a positive note, trends improved sequentially.

TRMG advises selecting the appropriate repair unit, either a one- or two-piece repair, based on repair material manufacturer recommendations. “For injuries with an angle greater than 25 degrees, depending on repair manufacturer, use a two-piece repair unit system.”
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LT Tire Repair: TRMG Revises its Recommendations

The Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers Group (TRMG) has released additional Recommended Practices (RPs) for retreading and repairing through the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) website. The RPs are free to view on TRIB’s website, www.retread.org.

Midtronics’ DSS-7000 battery diagnostic service system services start-stop, hybrids and conventional vehicles. Its capabilities include reserve capacity analysis.
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Prepare Now for Start-Stop Battery Systems

U.S. market share for start-stop systems is growing quickly. Estimates call for start-stop systems to be installed on 40% of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2020, up from less than 2% today.

A technician installs a new replacement air suspension strut into the front of a Range Rover Sport.
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Tips on Servicing Air Suspension Systems

Independent tire dealers account for more than $5 billion of the suspension service work performed in the U.S. That averages out to yearly sales of $189,000 for any tire dealer who offers both chassis/suspension service ($125,459) and shock and strut replacement ($62,379).

Figure 1: Exploded view of a clamp-in style tire pressure sensor. Illustrations courtesy of General Motors Corp.
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TPMS: GM/Cadillac Escalade Series: 2007-16

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on 2007 to 2016 GM/Cadillac Escalade Series system uses the remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR), body control module (BCM), four radio frequency (RF) transmitting pressure sensors, and the serial data circuit to perform the sensor learn mode functions.

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